Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trial may be delayed for dad charged with killing infant son (Woodland, California)

Dad is identified as QUENTIN STONE. Not clear that there was a mother in the home. Was there one?

Trial may be delayed for father charged with son's death in Woodland

By Sarah Dowling
Created: 04/03/2014 12:30:41 AM PDT

A man charged with the death of his infant son may have a later trial date due to further discovery in his case.

Quentin Stone is charged with felony child endangerment and abuse of his infant son, who died as a result of the injuries alleged to have been inflicted by Stone in Woodland on Oct. 3, 2012. Stone was present and out of custody for the Wednesday morning hearing.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson began the trial readiness conference by releasing further discovery from the local ambulance firm, American Medical Response, to Public Defender Monica Brushia.

Brushia moved to continue the trial readiness conference to the following week. She stated that in addition to the AMR report, her office received about 1,700 pages of discovery for the case on Tuesday, a majority of which were documents she already possessed.

Brushia said she wanted to be "extra cautious" in reviewing the materials, and moved to continue the trial readiness conference to next week to give her more time to do so.

Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Mount agreed with the motion and said that "a further trial readiness conference would be appropriate."

Richardson granted the continuance and scheduled the trial readiness conference for 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, in Department 1.

Mount estimated that the trial would take four weeks to complete. Brushia said that "if all goes well" the defense would be ready by May 14, four weeks after the current April 21 trial date that is scheduled.

According to court documents, Stone "did inflict unjustifiable physical pain and mental suffering" while having custody of his son. It is further alleged in the enhancement of this count that he inflicted "great bodily injury" upon the child that resulted in death. Stone also faces a misdemeanor charge for child endangerment.